Help fund a Historic Structure Report, the first step in the rehabilitation and restoration of this important and beloved structure—the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse.
A qualified expert assessor working under the direction of the South Street Seaport Museum will assess existing conditions, damage, and structural problems of the interior/exterior and recommend a restoration program per the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Your support can help restore this forgotten treasure and create a new National Historic Landmark to honor the 1,496 souls who perished when RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.
MISSION & VISION
• Restore TML to its 100% original working condition.
• Record and remember the 1,496 victims of the tragedy.
• Recognize a National Historic Landmark.
• Create a top-10 NYC tourist attraction.
• Financially assist the Seaport Museum.
• Create a ‘Beacon of Hope’ for youth, immigrants & visitors alike.
Sailing for New York on the rescue ship Carpathia, the 'Unsinkable' Margaret Brown initiated fundraising for a memorial to those lost, seen here presenting the Loving Cup to Capt. Arthur Henry Rostron for his service in the rescue of Titanic survivors.
Titanic Memorial Lighthouse was the first monument erected to the victims, unveiled exactly one year after the tragedy.
Designed by Warren & Wetmore—architects of Grand Central Station—its Flemish style in tribute to the Dutch port of New Amsterdam, the lighthouse comprised a stonework pedestal and lantern, topped with a domed copper roof. A small door at the base of its rear opened to internal stairs rising to the lantern which shone through three rows of rectangular windows.
An external viewing gallery with railings cantilevered out from the sides of the pedestal. A pole extended up from a cylindrical cupola which held the 'time-ball.'
This time ball dropped daily at noon for captains to set their ship’s chronometers allowing for safe and accurate navigation. In a pre-quartz, pre-digital era, it’s how New Yorkers kept time!
The lighthouse stood atop the roof of the new 13-storey Seamen's Church Institute at 25 South Street from 1[phone redacted] as an active lighthouse for the Port of the City of New York. (Titanic would have used this navigational beacon had she completed her voyage).
In 1969 the SCI building was demolished and the light-tower gifted to the South Street Seaport Museum. It currently resides in the historic Seaport District in urgent need of restoration.
Though lighthouses are by design ‘land marks’ the Titanic Lighthouse is not listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In this, support comes from Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Brian Kavanagh , Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, and District 1 (Seaport) Councillor Margaret Chin.
USE OF PROCEEDS
100% of the proceeds (less GoFundMe fees ) will cede to the South Street Seaport Museum to be used exclusively for Titanic Memorial Lighthouse.
We understand this is a difficult time financially for many, however you may wish to be part of this historic restoration and so recorded in the honor roll.
Friends of Titanic Lighthouse Restoration (FOTLR ) are supported by descendants of passengers and crew aboard the Titanic including Helen Benziger, great-granddaughter of the 'Unsinkable’ Margaret Tobin Brown, the memorial originator.
With its original restored 1913 features, the ‘time ball’ will be the only working one in the US; its green lantern will be the only working lighthouse in Manhattan; the names of the passengers and crew who perished will at last be recorded.
Please join us in saving this important national maritime landmark.
(Legal notice: Contributions are not tax deductible as FOTLR is not a 501(c)3 charity organization).
LINKS & CREDITS
Memorial 3D rendering courtesy Vasilije Ristović
Photography courtesy Sebastian Gollings
Friends of Titanic Lighthouse Restoration © 2021.
- Eric Koelbel
- Christine Balconis
- Nurit Tilles
- Eve Kahn
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